Obituaries
September 24, 2009 Issue

Mrs. Eloise A. Bennett
Mrs. Eloise A. Bennett of Hephzibah entered into rest on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, at her residence. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

She was a retired educator.

Survivors include two daughters, Vickie Bennett, Lithonia, and Joyce Bennett, Macon; one son, Joseph Bennett, Atlanta; two sisters, Lillie Woods, Louisville, and Mattie West, Chicago, Ill.; and other relatives.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. William Jessie Holley
Mr. William Jessie Holley, 84, of Baxley entered into rest on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009.

Mr. Holley was born Nov. 29, 1924, in Jefferson County to the late Parkey Lee and Annie Prescott Holley. He was a member of the First Baptist Church. Mr. Holley was retired from Farmers Home Administration with 40 years of service and was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served in WWII and received the Purple Heart. He was a member of the Baxley Lions Club.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Swain Funeral Home, with Ministers Dr. Ches Smith, Gary Holley and Pastor Lorraine Drake officiating. Interment was in Piney Grove Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Holley was preceded in death by his sisters, Ada Hood, Doretha Hood, Mildred Cowart and Agnes Aldridge.

Survivors include his wife, Sue Nell Holley of Baxley; two sisters, Eva Hobbs and Barbara (Forrest) Crutchfield, all of Thomson; brothers, Henry T. (Gloria) Holley of Augusta, and Welton Chuck (Mildred) Holley of Wrens; sister-in-law, Jane M. Holley of North Augusta, S.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were nephews, John Alan Tillman, Anthony Tillman, Christopher Tillman, Alex Dixon III, Jeff Doke and Greg Doke.

Memorials may be made to Piney Grove Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Geneva Lightsey, 2088 Metts Overstreet Rd., Bristol, Ga. 31518.

Swain Funeral Home, Inc., was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Julia Boyd Maher
Mrs. Julia Boyd Maher of Stapleton entered into rest on Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, at her son’s home in Covington, La.

Mrs. Maher retired from Dekalb County Board of Education. Educated at Stapleton Schools she attended Georgia State College for Women. She was an active member of Stapleton Baptist Church, Jefferson County Retired Teachers Association and Jefferson County Historical Society.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Stapleton Baptist Church, Stapleton, with Stan Maher delivering the eulogy. Burial followed in Stapleton Baptist Church Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marion J. Maher Jr.

Survivors include her son, Stanley (Pamela) Maher; daughter, Julia Anne Spencer; sister, Lillian Stacy; sister-in-law, Rebie Boyd; grandsons, Boyd (Jennifer) Maher, Andrew Maher, Grant (Paige) Maher; granddaughters, Margaret and Virginia Spencer; great-grandchildren, Dalton Marion and Maggie Anne Maher; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Pallbearers were grandchildren and nephews.

If so desired, memorials may be made to Stapleton Baptist Church, 360 Harvey Street, Stapelton, Georgia 30823, or East Jefferson General Hospital Foundation, 4200 Houma Blvd, Metairie, Louisiana 70006, or a favorite charity.

Platt’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Dr. Geraldine Glover Pilcher
Dr. Geraldine Glover Pilcher, 85, of Louisville entered into rest on Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Albany, following an illness.

Dr. Pilcher was born in Worth County, the daughter of Robert and Lillian Bridges Glover. She graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in 1950. She met her husband, Dr. George Stapleton Pilcher, who preceded her in death in 1990, at medical school and they moved to Louisville in 1950. Dr. Geraldine Pilcher practiced medicine at the VA Hospital in Augusta. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Louisville.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Louisville, with Rev. Hardy Owens officiating. Interment followed at the Louisville Cemetery.

Survivors include her children, Jane Pilcher Bachman of Atlanta, Dr. George (Dottie) Pilcher of Jacksonville, Fla.; Dr. Martha Pilcher-Broadlick (Jim) of Edmonds, Wash., Dr. Robert (Joy) Pilcher of Albany, Dr. William (Dr. Drema) Pilcher of Jacksonville, Fla; and grandchildren, Frank, Marian, Beth and Benjamin Bachman of Atlanta, George, Emily, Camille and Elizabeth Pilcher of Jacksonville, Fla., William and Savannah Broadlick of Edmonds, Wash,, Sarah, Sumner and Rob Pilcher of Albany, and William and Ashley Pilcher of Jacksonville, Fla.

Memorials may be sent to the First Baptist Church of Louisville, 101 E 9th St., Louisville, GA 30434.

Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Virginia Elizabeth “Betty” Coleman McCormick
Mrs. Virginia Elizabeth “Betty” Coleman McCormick of McCormick, S.C., entered into rest suddenly on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009.

Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, at Strom Funeral Home.

Survivors include her husband, Michael John McCormick; her mother, Virginia Jean Baldwin Coleman of Jacksonville, Fla.; brother, Robert Hemphill Coleman of Havana, Fla.; sister, Joanna Pierce Coleman of Jacksonville, Fla.; brother, David Teague Coleman of Modoc, S.C.; nephew, Winfield Baldwin Scott of Louisville; and niece, Rachel Virginia Porter of Jacksonville, Fla.

Strom Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Beth Pittman
Mrs. Beth Pittman of Augusta entered into rest on Monday, Sept. 14, 2009.

Mrs. Pittman was a native of Jefferson County and the daughter of the late Moses L. and Corine Wren Johnson. She was a homemaker and a member of Bayvale Baptist Church and had attended Warren Baptist Church, Clifford Presbyterian Church and the Chiera Sunday School Class.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, at 11 a.m. from the chapel of Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors, with Rev. Tony Henderson officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Stanley Pittman Sr.; and granddaughter, Ashley Alayne Pittman.

Survivors include her sons, Tony W. Pittman of Augusta , Thomas S. “Stan” Pittman Jr. (Jeanette) of Beech Island, S.C., and Toby J. Pittman Sr. (Diane) of Grovetown; her daughter, Diane (David) Chiera of Evans; grandchildren, Jamie Pittman, Thomas Stanley Pittman III, Nickalas Pittman, Rebecca Jarvis, Hollie Chinn, Hillary Pittman, Haley Pittman, Courtney Neibel, Toby Justin Pittman Jr., Alex Brassell and Matthew Chiera; and 17 great-grandchildren; brother, Billie W. (Lorena) Johnson of Thomson; and sister Barbara Ann Johnson of Atlanta.

Pallbearers were grandsons, Jamie Pittman, Thomas Stanley Pittman III, Nickalas Pittman, Justin Pittman, Alex Brassell, Matthew Chiera and Grant Neibel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association 912 Killian Hill Rd. S.W. Suite 202C Atlanta, Ga. 30047.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Ike L. Turner
Mr. Ike L. Turner of Louisville entered into rest on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009, at the Medical College of Georgia.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, at noon at Blount’s Chapel Baptist Church, Louisville. Interment was in Pines Cemetery.

Survivors include his mother, Margaret Palmer of Waynesboro.

Carter’s Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. J.C. Sammons
Mr. J.C. Sammons, 84, of Edgehill entered into rest on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

Mr. Sammons was a native of Glascock County and lived here all his life, except when he was serving the in the Army in WWII where he was injured. He then worked and retired from Fort Gordon as an electrician and was a member of Edgehill First Church of God.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009, at the Edgehill First Church of God, with Rev. Al Kurtz and Rev. Michael Rochester officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Lester, Terrell, Thomas and Hugh Sammons; and his parents, Georgia Morgan and Willis Sammons.

Survivors include his wife, Ogle Walden Sammons; two sons, Donald L.. (Rebecca) Sammons of Leah, and Bobby (Nancy) Sammons of Scottsdale, Ala.; two daughters, Beckie (Don) Chalker of Lincolnton, and Sandra (Phil) Raley of Mitchell; three brothers, George Sammons of Milledgeville, Eugene Sammons of Hephzibah, and William Sammons of Dacula; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Phillip Raley, Lee Sammons, Casey Norman, Dylan Norman, Ricky Sammons, and Phil Raley.

Memorials may be made to the Edgehill First Church of God in care of Mrs. Gloria Poluso at 51 West Main St., Gibson, Ga. 30810.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Rev. Madison D. Williams
Rev. Madison D. Williams, 97, of Swainsboro entered into rest on Friday, Sept. 18, 2009.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, at 3 p.m. at Williams Grove Holiness Church in Swainsboro, M.L.K. Blvd. Visitation will be held on Friday, Sept. 25, 2009, at 7 p.m.

Rev. Williams was preceded in death by her wife, Hattie Bell Williams; and daughters, Juanita Devose and Hattie Leeila Jones.

Survivors include his two daughters, Ruby (Joseph) Robinson of Providence, R.I., and Bertha Palmer Hicks of Louisville; three sons, James (Delores) Williams of Yeadon, Penn., Joseph (Earnestine) Williams and Willie Edward Williams of Philadelphia, Penn.; one brother-in-law, Willie Boyd of Louisville; one sister, Minister Carrie King of Jersey City, N.J.; two sons-in-law, Charles Devose of Philadelphia, Penn., and Johnny Raye Jones of Twin City; 44 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

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